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May Milk Production Up 1.3 Percent in Vermont
Milk production in Vermont during May 2016 totaled 237 million pounds, up 1.3 percent from May 2015, according to Gary Keough, State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New England Field Office. The average milk price received by Vermont farmers in April 2016, at $16.40 per hundredweight, is down $0.10 March 2016 and down $1.50 from April a year ago. See the complete milk production report here.

New York Farm Bureau to Intervene in Lawsuit
The New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) announced they will seek to intervene as a defendant in a New York state lawsuit. They’re taking this step to defend farmers. The NYFB is working with other partners to allow farmers to legally bargain and they will not sit back and let this lawsuit happen without any farmer representation. The lawsuit is filed against New York that “exempts farmworkers from the right to organize.”

Young Dairy Leaders Institute Accepting Applications for Class 10
Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) is accepting applications from adults ages 22 to 45 for the upcoming 10th YDLI class. YDLI Class 10 will have on-site meetings in Phoenix, Ariz. February 8-11, 2017 and January 31-February 3, 2018. During sessions, participants develop leadership and communication skills. In the year between sessions, participants have monthly assignments to practice the skills learned in their home communities. Applications are due August 1.

Elstein Ceramic Infrared Radiant Heaters
Nexthermal’s Elstein Ceramic Infrared Radiant Farrowing Heaters are available for farrowing barns. Features include 8 meters of coiled resistance wire embedded in the ceramic and the heaters don’t emit visible light. This gives piglets and sow a natural night and day environment.

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